Glenrothes nurse recognised for influential role

Commander Pauline Small
Commander Pauline Small

A Glenrothes nurse has been recognised as a national leader for her influential role in encouraging healthcare providers to release employees to act as reservists in the armed forces.

Commander Pauline Small, who is associate nurse director at NHS Fife, has been named on the first ever list of leader published by the Nursing Times magazine.

The list celebrates influential role models who have used their exceptional leadership skills to shape and enhance the nursing profession.

Commander Small, who is the senior officer, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service, Royal Naval Reserve, was formally recognised at a ceremony at the Haymarket Hotel in London.

Her work with the Royal Naval Reserve has included training at sea, testing the capability of the UK’s primary casualty receiving facility on board ship.

A panel of 10 judges assessed more than 200 nursing and midwifery professionals from across the UK, considering factors such as influence, activity and legacy.

Commander Small is NHS Fife’s dedicated armed forces champion, a role that sees her promote the links between NHS and military organisations, developing and maintaining any joint working arrangements, and raising awareness of any initiatives or recruitment opportunities.

John Wilson, chief executive of the region’s health authority, told the Gazette: “I am delighted that Commander Small has been formally recognised by the Nursing Times and her recognition is thoroughly deserved.

“Commander Small is a role model to not only those who specifically work within nursing and midwifery, but also healthcare professionals across the board.

“Her knowledge, skills and dedication to the development and continued support of staff within NHS Fife is invaluable to the work that we do and, as armed forces champion, the Royal Navy has an enthusiastic voice, which is passionate about encouraging the recruitment of Reservist Naval Nurses.”

Commander Small added: “I am both surprised and delighted to be honoured by the Nursing Times and join such eminent nurse leaders from across the UK on this inaugural list.

“My achievements as a Naval Reservist, influencing future policy and strategy for employer support at national level, would not have been possible without the support of NHS Fife as my employer.

“As an organisation they have assisted me in demonstrating that reserve service should be supported and is both valuable and valued.”